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Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia Hardcover – February 1, 2009
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Someone said to me recently that "UGA is not longer 'of Georgia' - meaning not our old beloved school of our youth.
Now driven by global thinking, radical minds, a power hungry egotistical president, etc.
If you leave money to UGA in your will, be sure & restrict it or else see it go to causes that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
State universities are big businesses that, due to budgetary pressures, receive less and less funding from their respective state governments. The corollary is that these same institutions now require presidents who are dynamic fund raisers to bridge the financial gap. Michael Adams was touted by those who hired him as the man who would fill that role, and ironically, he ended up hurting UGA's fund raising through his use of the UGA Foundation as a personal piggy bank. Adams supplied his adversaries with plenty of ammunition that would have, in the words of many, resulted in the firing of a Fortune 500 CEO. Fortunately for Adams, he was very nimble at forging alliances with powerful men who were also vulnerable, specifically Board or Regents member and UGA mega -donor Don Leebern, Jr. and newly elected Governor Sonny Perdue.
Adams was also adept at protecting himself by shifting the negative PR created by his own actions (e.g., his controversial hiring of Jim Harrick as basketball coach over AD Vince Dooley's objections) into a positive - he was able to portray himself as standing up to the powerful football crowd who allegedly wanted him fired after Adams refused to renew Dooley's contract.Read more ›
Even after a forensic audit which exposed wrongdoing to the authorities, people just look the other way and leave a trail of crumpled human beings in their wake. Lies, deceit, corruption, and a lack of respect for years of tradition all are exposed amidst immorality and uncontrollable spending at this university.Behind the Hedges: Big Money and Power Politics at the University of Georgia
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If you want to read a blueprint of how public corruption occurs in Georgia, read this book. You can change the names and organization, but the MO is the same for many of Georgia's... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sabrina Smith
The book exposes just a small sliver of the mindset of the corruption that defines the mindset of UGA personnel and graduates in this state. Read morePublished 23 months ago by B. Simon
Recently retired U of Ga president Michael Adams gets a zero. He is a man many Georgians loved to hate for years and years, and this book explains why.Published on January 18, 2014 by GB Dun
I am an Alumnus of UGA and wanted to read the book. I heard many comments about it. I wanted my copy.
Any University of Georgia alumnus or individual that is interested in the growing role private foundations have on the policies of public universities should definitely read this... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by Douglas C. Childers
This book states facts that I had already heard and had been hearing from employees at UGA for the past several years since Michael Adams took over as President. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Michael E. Kelly